Odisha to Mandate Solar Energy for Hotels and Hospitals

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Odisha Energy Conservation Building Code (OECBC) to be launched.

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BHUBANESWAR: Govt of Odisha is encouraging renewable energy within the state and going to  mandate Solar power for hotels and hospitals besides big residential and commercial buildings in city.

The Odisha government has already approved the updated draft amendment to Planning and Building Standards Regulations 2008, which makes solar energy compulsory for all such new constructions.

As per revised draft, individual houses with plinth area of more than 300 square metre will have rooftop solar plant of at least 500 watt while five-star hotels will have 5-kw plant. Other hotels and commercial buildings with covered area of 500 square metre will have 2-kw plant.

Hospitals will have solar panels capable of heating water at the rate of 10 litre a bed while five-star hotels will have system to heat 15 litre per guest.

Similarly, police facilities, army barracks, messes and hostels and houses, having at least 200 square metre area, will also have solar heating system.

According to the revised draft, all buildings, except non-air-conditioned storage space and warehouses; interior and exterior lighting and electrical motors have to comply with the Odisha Energy Conservation Building Code (OECBC).

Clover Solar first to commission solar power plant under JNNSMUnder the OECBC, notified in ‘The Odisha gazette’ in July 2011, all buildings, except manufacturing industries having connected load (the peak load if all electrical devices of the buildings are switched on) of minimum 100 kilo watt, or transformer capacity of 120 kva require to comply with the code. Developers have to apply to the state designated agency and implement its guidelines to minimize power consumption in all such buildings as a precondition for availing power supply.

The revised draft has retained the mandatory structural safety norms for buildings of 30-metre or above height as proposed in the first draft published in March 2012 in the Odisha gazette.

“Green energy and green building norms are becoming a focus area in all cities. The revised draft regulation has rightly focused on this aspect,” said president, Real Estate Developers’ Association of Odisha, Pradipta Kumar Biswasroy.

(Inputs from Times of India)

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